ARCS Instructional Design

Instructional Design is the process of developing learning experiences and course content. It’s a sort of “learning engineering,” using research, technology, and design thinking to build effective learning experiences.

What we can help with:

  • Creating/revising teaching and learning materials, such as syllabus, course outline, lectures, videos, activities, assessments and supplement content, in collaboration with faculty, staff, or students
  • Consulting on course design projects at any stage, from goal-setting to polishing
  • Supporting instructors who want to try using new or unfamiliar educational technology

Examples of ongoing projects include:

  • LIT179X: This project receives the Digital Humanities Course Development Grant. In this project with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, the instructional designer is working with faculty to integrate Scalar, an open source authoring and publishing platform, into this literature class. Teaching and learning materials created include course syllabus, project milestones, and assessment rubrics.
  • CS121: The instructional designer is working with faculty from the Department of Computer Science in redesigning some course components, such as course syllabus, course feedback surveys, and the instructions for GitHub projects. We are also creating a glossary and the assessment activities associated with it.

Examples of past projects include:

  • The “Instructional Design Spotlight” explores the role that Elly Schofield, the Instructional Designer from 2015-2017, played in a recent ARCS pilot of Smart Sparrow with Professor Karl Haushalter.
  • In a project with the Engineering Department to redesign HMC Eng59, the Instructional Designer worked with faculty to review and provide feedback both on their new flipped classroom-style videos, as well as their new lab practicums.
  • The Instructional Designer worked with the HMC Office of Health and Wellness to develop an online course on assertiveness training in Sakai.
  • In a project with the Mathematics Department to redesign HMC Math35 to use R, an open source statistical package, instead of the commercial software called Minitab, the Instructional Designer reviewed all of the lecture slides and gave feedback on their organization and content based on the faculty members’ learning objectives.
  • The Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist collaborated with Prof. Jim Boerkoel from the Computer Science Department to design in-class workshops for CS 121.